Knees are an important part of our body. They carry the whole weight of the back and torso. Every time we sit on a chair or make a step we use knees to make the move. If you ask your grandpa or grandma, they will tell you to keep your knees safe because the pain you will get when you get old is not a cool thing. You might know how the knees work and what is a torn ligament but we will explain it to you a little more in-depth.
What is the knee structure?
Knees are important for body mobility. They consist of 4 big bones that move together and coordinate legs. In the knee structure, patella bone is something like a hat over other bones. The femur and the tibia are the two big bones that move upper and lower part of the leg. They touch each other and form the folding. The knee consists of many ligaments that are defining the limits of moving – lateral collateral, posterior cruciate, medial collateral, anterior cruciate ligaments. They are responsible for the stability of the knee and the whole body, posture and back curve.
What are ligaments?
Ligaments are tissue made by fibres. They are like bundles of tough fibres, but they are elastic at the same time. The human body needs the flexibility to allow bones to move. The ligaments is the way your body to tell you that you have some limits and you have to keep them in mind.
Is it possible to tear a ligament?
Yes, it is possible and actually, it happens quite often. Usually, athletes have this type of injury – ligaments tear. Although most of them don’t need ligaments tear surgery, we will pay attention to the condition and all recovery methods. Knees, ankles and elbows are parts that people hurt most often during sports activities. People get torn ligaments when they inadvertently step awkwardly or fell. Ligaments try to stretch as much as possible but when the range is too big then ligaments give up. Ligament tear surgery in Singapore is one of the most popular surgeries among athletes. Unfortunately, people can’t always avoid sports injuries. Every sports injury doctor will recommend you to be careful but sometimes it is simply not possible. Thanks to the modern medicine everything can be improved. Weight-bearing joints, like ankles and knees, are the most vulnerable to traumas.
What types of torn ligaments exist?
Three levels of tearing are possible. The first one is slightly-pulled ligament – this is grade 1. The second one is moderate ligament tear and the third is completely torn ligament. You can’t estimate the grad of the ligament tear by yourself. When you visit a doctor, he will tell you what you get from the lottery, and how bad the stretching is or the rupture. At first, you feel strong pain and soon after that, the swelling will occur. Don’t be afraid of the swelling it won’t stay with you forever. If you can’t step on your foot it will be the best idea to seek a doctor as soon as possible.
What is ligament tear surgery?
I have this type of surgery in Singapore. Many great specialists have chosen this country to develop their professional career. Unfortunately, one torn ligament can’t be attached again but it can be replaced with a completely new tendon. In general, surgeons do exactly that. Take a new tendon somewhere from your body and insert it in the place of the torn one. Of course, recovery time after the surgery is long because the tendon needs to attach itself properly for the patella and the tibia and since our bodies are biological machines, as opposed to mechanical ones, changing a broken part isn’t an instant process and the body requires some time to properly heal. This is a short overview, of course, so if you want you can head on over to sports injury-focused portal GaiaGuides for a much more detailed and specialized write-up about ligament tears and the surgery required to treat them.
What is the recovery time after knee ligament surgery in Singapore?
If the patient is an athlete and wants to go back to the exercises, doctors advice against that and recommend complete recovery which is at least 4 months. Otherwise, the patient can go back to his normal life (without too much stress and active sport) in a month or two. During this time, the patient might feel insecure in his movements. In addition, he could be afraid to step because he will be unstable. The ligament tear is a serious condition which can lead to many other troubles.
How do you choose the best doctor?
I have chosen mine thanks to my friend and teammate. He had the same trauma several years ago, and he was completely satisfied with the results accomplished in a clinic in Singapore. That’s why I trusted my gut and follow his advice. It sounds pretty scary to go to another country to have a surgery but in fact, you will feel more comfortable when you know that the surgeon is the most experienced one. Try to find a doctor who already has provided hundreds of these surgeries and trust his expertise fully. If you have friends athletes, ask them, and they will recommend you someone for sure.